Top 5 Tips for Beginner Brewers Using Conical Fermenters

For homebrewers looking to elevate their brewing game, conical fermenters offer a range of benefits that can improve the quality and ease of the brewing process. While they are often seen as equipment for advanced brewers, beginners can also take full advantage of their features. Here are the top 5 tips for beginner brewers using conical fermenters, with references to products available from BrewTaurus.

1. Understand the Basics of Your Conical Fermenter

Tip: Familiarize yourself with all the parts and functions of your conical fermenter before you start brewing.

Why: Knowing how to use the valves, sampling ports, and other features will help you avoid mistakes and make the most of your fermenter.

How: Spend some time reading the manual and watching tutorials specific to your fermenter model. Check out the BrewTaurus Conical Fermenters for high-quality models that come with detailed instructions.

2. Proper Cleaning and Sanitizing

Tip: Clean and sanitize your conical fermenter thoroughly before and after each use.

Why: Ensuring your fermenter is free from contaminants will prevent infections and off-flavors in your beer.

How: Use a non-abrasive cleaner and follow up with a no-rinse sanitizer. Pay special attention to the valves and joints where residue can accumulate. Refer to our guide on How to Properly Clean and Maintain Your Stainless Steel Fermenter for detailed steps.

3. Utilize the Sediment Removal Feature

Tip: Take advantage of the conical shape to remove sediment during and after fermentation.

Why: Removing trub and yeast sediment can help produce clearer beer and reduce the risk of off-flavors.

How: Periodically open the bottom valve to let out the sediment that has settled. This can be done during fermentation to remove excess yeast or at the end to clear the beer. For more tips, see our article on the Benefits of Conical Fermenters.

4. Control Fermentation Temperature

Tip: Keep your fermentation at the optimal temperature for your yeast strain.

Why: Proper temperature control is crucial for the yeast to perform well and produce the desired flavors.

How: Use a temperature controller and, if your conical fermenter supports it, a cooling jacket or immersion coil. Monitor the temperature regularly to ensure it stays within the ideal range. Browse the BrewTaurus Temperature Control Systems for effective solutions.

5. Harvest and Reuse Yeast

Tip: Collect and reuse yeast from your fermenter to save money and improve consistency.

Why: Harvesting yeast can cut costs and maintain yeast strains that perform well with your brewing process.

How: After fermentation, let the yeast settle and then open the bottom valve to collect it in a sanitized container. Store the harvested yeast in a refrigerator for future use. For detailed instructions, check out our Yeast Harvesting Guide.


Using a conical fermenter can significantly enhance your brewing process, even if you are a beginner. By understanding the basics, maintaining proper sanitation, utilizing sediment removal, controlling fermentation temperature, and harvesting yeast, you can make the most of your conical fermenter and brew high-quality beer.

For top-of-the-line conical fermenters and other brewing equipment, visit BrewTaurus. Our range of products is designed to meet the needs of brewers at all levels, ensuring you have the best tools to craft exceptional beer.